Cranberry custard pie

Thanksgiving is always a great opportunity to try out new recipes, and this year was no exception. I like the seeming simplicity of this recipe (relatively few ingredients and minimal prep work), plus a cranberry pie is certainly not commonplace, so it gets points for originality.

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Iced sugar cookies

I’m actually not a huge fan of sugar cookies, but when I ran across these Elizabeth Bennet/Mr. Darcy cookie cutters, I just couldn’t resist. I first made this recipe at Christmas for our holiday party, and they seemed to be a big hit (for those who enjoy iced sugar cookies), so I figured I’d give…

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Cream scones

So I turned 30 last week and, to celebrate, we threw a Pride and Prejudice-themed party, with tiny sandwiches, cakes and, of course, scones. Most of the scones I’ve made previously have had cheese or blueberries or something thrown into the mix, but I planned to serve these British-style with jam and clotted cream, so…

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Lemon icebox pie

A friend’s 30th birthday called for a special birthday pie, and I was told he loved lemon, berries and nuts. This icebox pie seemed just the ticket, not only because it involves lemon but crucially because I could make it in advance the previous night (I satisfied the love for berries and nuts by making the blueberry…

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Chocolate soufflé cake

A friend’s birthday called for the making of something celebratory. I was told she loves chocolate, so a chocolate soufflé cake seemed like a natural choice. The original recipe was a cranberry-chocolate cake; however, I adapted it somewhat to allow for the fact that I couldn’t find cranberries.

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Mincemeat pies

Hosting a British-themed holiday dinner called for some very specific British classics and that included mincemeat pies. Dating back several hundred years, it was of course originally made with actual meat. We opted for a more modern rendition of fruit and spices.

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Apple cider cream pie

Since I knew I’d be baking a pumpkin chiffon pie, I thought I could try something new and different for the second Thanksgiving pie. A recipe for apple cider cream pie sounded intriguing, but there were a few alterations we thought we’d try. Several of the reviews had issues with the pie crust, so I…

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Bacon apple pie

When I ran across this recipe, I thought it was a match made in gastronomical heaven. All of our favourite things come together–pie, bacon, apples! What a great way to celebrate the flavours of fall.

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Spiced apple turnovers

Despite the lovely weather we’ve been having, it is officially fall, and with that comes all the delicious flavours of the season! A friend’s housewarming party provided the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe for smaller, portable apple pies.

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